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Finian's Rainbow Cast Recording

4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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The first-ever original cast recording for Columbia Records, reissued here with three bonus tracks!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B002M2Z3QU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When it opened in January 1947, FINIAN'S RAINBOW stepped into what today would seem like a musical-lover's dream. For playing on Broadway were OKLAHOMA! (still, after nearly four years), CAROUSEL, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and within months BRIGADOON would be joining them. FINIAN'S RAINBOW, however, was in every respect worthy of the company.
Burton Lane and Yip Harburg fashioned songs that Lane is on record as saying he did not seek to be commercial; yet many quickly became standards, including "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?", "That Old Devil Moon", "If This Isn't Love", "Necessity", and, perhaps the show's finest song, "When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love" - sung on this recording by an irrepressible David Wayne. The 1960 revival recording is in stereo but the charms of the score are heard best here on the Original where the mono sound is clean. Sadly, it's not a show that's been revived much. Its particular take on race relations was bold for its time but now appears twee and patronising. Too bad, for it contains a score that some place very high indeed on the All Time List. No Broadway Collection can be without FINIAN'S RAINBOW.
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By A Customer on September 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I fell head over heels in love with the score (and the sound on the remastered CD)immediatly upon first hearing of it. The recording (and the score) blew me away.
I just picked up a copy of the earlier CD edition of this recording, as a point of reference. Since I had only heard the recording for the first time a few days ago, my ears were attuned to the newer CD version.
First thing I noticed was the difference in order of songs. Nothing all that huge, but still significant. I also noticed that the voices in the later CD version come across in a sound quality astounding for recordings of 1947. Actually, when I was listening (on my way to work) to the CD for the first time, I had to pull over and examine the CD case. I had always understood that the recording was originally released on 78's: but what I heard on the CD was decidedly not 78's sound.
And this is coming from one who knows something about 78's...I'm practically knee deep in my collection of them.

I think the difference in the sound on the remastered CD and the sound I generally expect (and totally love, in its own right) from 78's is due to the going back to nearly virgin acetate discs as the masters for the CD.
Acetates tended to sound wonderful for one or two playings...but after that...they were much worse than shellac or metal masters...or even LP's (as far as surface noise and distortion were concerned). But if Sony tapped into acetates stored away unplayed for more than fifty years for the source of the CD...that would explain the amazing sound.
I did find some reviews on line which stated that there was distortion in the newer CD...expecially on Ella Logan's part. I don't exactly agree with that. I don't hear distortion (on my equipment, at least).
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First off, if you HAVEN'T heard the remastered and expanded original cast album of Finian's Rainbow, don't fret; you aren't missing much. This remaster DOES bring to light many nuances hidden on the previous CD version, which is what we usually expect in a remastered CD. I would be more than happy to give this CD 5 stars, except that the remastering process also brought the SURFACE NOISE on the original recording discs to light as well.
According to the booklet, the sources used for this CD are not the same recording discs used since the album was released in 1947. This CD is taken from alternate discs (of the same takes) that were stored unplayed for more than 50 years. These discs supposedly had fewer marks and blemishes on the playing surfaces than the original discs. The noise is not a very major problem, but it is evident on this version where it was not on the previous CD release. The distortion and noise in the show's best song, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" is pretty bad. There is a previously unreleased track on this CD which, according to the booklet, had a swishing noise on the recording disc. This swish was digitally edited out and is not audible on that particular track. Why the same treatment wasn't applied to the rest of the scratches and pops is beyond me.
If you can get beyond the surface noise (I can't), the album is not too bad. The cast sings very well. But I would suggest that you look for the previous CD release of Finian. The monaural sound on that album is very clean and clear, with little or no evidence whatsoever of surface noise.
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Finian's Rainbow is one of the most beautiful scores ever written for the Broadway stage. Although the book is very dated by today's standards, the score is one of the best. A great cast too. Ella Logan is wonderful as Sharon McLonergan.
It took the movie studios quite some time to take notice of Finian's Rainbow. 21 years later, in 1968, Warner Bros. released the bloated film version starring Fred Astaire (in his last musical role) as Finian and Petula Clark as Sharon. The movie, bloated as it is, is pretty good.
This original cast album was recorded for Columbia Records on April 3, 1947. Now don't let the fact that this is a 55 year old monaural recording originally released on 78-RPM records dissuade you from buying this CD. The monaural sound is very clear and clean, more than can be said of other recordings of the time on other labels. Sound quality here is fantastic. Finian's Rainbow was Columbia's first dive into show recordings, a field it would dominate for the next 30 years. Other shows had been recorded before, but this was the first for Columbia.
The white LP cover has been reproduced for this CD (versus the original pink 78 cover used for the more recent remastered & expanded CD version, which I have not heard. I have the 1960 revival recording on LP and it is good too but this is the Finian's Rainbow to start with. It is the best
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
(Would also like to see Warner Bros. release the movie soundtrack on CD, as it is very good as well.)
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